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Two more pleas expected in 4-year-old's killing

By Ed Brock

Two more suspects in a gang shootout that killed a 4-year-old boy are expected to enter guilty pleas today.

Jamario Clayton, 19, of Riverdale will plead guilty to conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and 19-year-old Vincent Wood will plead guilty to making false statements to law enforcement in connection with the June 6, 2004 shootout that killed Travon Wilson, said Clayton County Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney John Turner.

Clayton, who will testify for the prosecution, is to receive three years probation and a $200 fine while Wood will receive 24 months probation and a $200 fine

On the day of the shooting, according to police and Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents investigating the case, members of two gangs, the Hit Squad and the Southside Mafia, exchanged fire at what was then called Riverdale Park on Church Street. Wilson was riding his bicycle nearby and a stray bullet hit and killed him.

In March the Clayton County grand jury issued 18 indictments in Wilson's death. Ten of the 18 charged are indicted with felony murder, aggravated assault and the possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, and others were charged with lesser offenses.

So far six suspects, including Clayton and Wood, have entered pleas and Turner said one has been sent to juvenile court. Those are for the minor charges. Previously Turner said they would not accept pleas from suspects who are believed to have actually fired weapons during the incident.